Let me preface these questions by saying I am not crazy, psychotic or mentally ill in anyways…so a “go to a psychologist” is not where I’m looking for here.
We talk about hearing Jesus “speak” to us and being “guided” by the Holy Spirit. How exactly can this idea manifest? I can honestly say that I do hear “voices” in my head that are often short sentences with a specific point. These ARE NOT auditory hallucinations at all. Just thoughts. I cannot for the life of me figure out which “voices” are my internal voice or if it is possibly supernatural. Does God whisper to us in our minds or is this wishful thinking manifested as a conscious thought?
On the other side of the coin, I have had thoughts or “voices” that seem deeply demonic, beyond my own mind or will. Prayer usually eliminates the event but these thoughts seem supernatural as well. The same questions apply here as well. The only difference is the demonic seeming thoughts or voice seem dramatically more aggressive towards me and often evoke a sense of sadness or fear…as I would expect such thoughts to be. An atheist would say all this is just “in my head.” What do we say? How can we decern or know? Basically the seemingly “God voice” manifests as a whisper or a gentle suggestion or word. The dark or “demonic” voice seems like a shout or a series or angry or frightening images, even a mockery of my prayers or Godly thoughts.
Again, please assist me with the assumption that I am not “hearing voices” in a mental illness and do not suffer from schizophrenia.